Overview participating exhibitions

Wall House #2
2007

Wall House #2

Danwen Xing

Traces & Omens
2005

Traces & Omens

Danwen Xing

URBAN FICTION (2004-2005)

The idea for URBAN FICTION (2004-2005) arose when Danwen Xing made a train trip through Europe. She realized that cities all over the world are starting to look increasingly alike. Housing people has chiefly become a matter of putting as many of them as possible in impersonal high-rises. According to the photographer, dwellings of this sort only come to life if the residents put something of their own personality and drama into them. In order to get a head start on this, she put herself into maquettes of future Chinese residential projects. She provides the buildings with atmosphere by playing various fictional roles. 'One time I am an overworked secretary,' she says, 'and another time I am a young woman who had murdered her love by accident.'

  • URBAN FICTION (2004-2005)


    The idea for URBAN FICTION (2004-2005) arose when Danwen Xing made a train trip through Europe. She realized that cities all over the world are starting to look increasingly alike. Housing people has chiefly become a matter of putting as many of them as possible in impersonal high-rises. According to the photographer, dwellings of this sort only come to life if the residents put something of their own personality and drama into them. In order to get a head start on this, she put herself into maquettes of future Chinese residential projects. She provides the buildings with atmosphere by playing various fictional roles. 'One time I am an overworked secretary,' she says, 'and another time I am a young woman who had murdered her love by accident.'

  • URBAN FICTION (2004-2005)

  • URBAN FICTION (2004-2005)

  • URBAN FICTION (2004-2005)

  • URBAN FICTION (2004-2005)

  • URBAN FICTION (2004-2005)

  • URBAN FICTION (2004-2005)

  • URBAN FICTION (2004-2005)

  • URBAN FICTION (2004-2005)

  • URBAN FICTION (2004-2005)

Global Detail
2003

Global Detail

Danwen Xing

disCONNEXION

n the present information age nothing appears so old-fashioned as a computer. The southern Chinese province of Kwantung, around Hong Kong, is one of the places where discarded electronic apparatus is dismantled. More than 100,000 people recycle waste computers there from countries such as Japan, South Korea and the United States, sometimes working under dreadful conditions. Travelling back and forth between the land of her birth and the West, Danwen (b. 1967) saw how increasing Western influences stimulated the economic development of China, but also the massive social inequality and environmental problems this caused. Through the aesthetic of her photographs Danwen isolates her subjects from their social context and in doing so emphasises the underlying conflict between modernity and tradition.

  • disCONNEXION

    n the present information age nothing appears so old-fashioned as a computer. The southern Chinese province of Kwantung, around Hong Kong, is one of the places where discarded electronic apparatus is dismantled. More than 100,000 people recycle waste computers there from countries such as Japan, South Korea and the United States, sometimes working under dreadful conditions.

    Travelling back and forth between the land of her birth and the West, Danwen (b. 1967) saw how increasing Western influences stimulated the economic development of China, but also the massive social inequality and environmental problems this caused. Through the aesthetic of her photographs Danwen isolates her subjects from their social context and in doing so emphasises the underlying conflict between modernity and tradition.

  • disCONNEXION

  • disCONNEXION

  • disCONNEXION

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Wall House #2

Wall House #2

Price EUR 10,00

Traces & Omens

Traces & Omens

Price EUR 10,00